Samuel Kilpin (1774–1830) was born in Bedford, England. He was a Baptist pastor who had a burning desire to be used by God and to preach the Gospel to lost souls. He especially loved children and orphans. His efforts were a blessing to so many that he had to use the rooms of his house for teaching. His life was exemplary: “He had a list of names, personal friends and their families, whom he presented daily to his God . . . none were erased until they had left this world for a better.” Also, “We enjoy no more than we are thankful for . . . but not one is enjoyed except our eyes see the Giver, and our lips acknowledge His goodness.” His earnest desire was not to be accounted a great man, but a useful man. This literally was his wish, and it was granted.
PRAYER UNANSWERED.—The Rev. Samuel Kilpin, a Baptist Minister, of Exeter, England, one day passed in the street a very profane man, and having failed to rebuke him, he awaited him the next morning at the same place. When he approached, Mr. Kilpin said, “Good morning my friend; you are the person I have been waiting for.”
“Oh, Sir,” said the man, “you are mistaken, I think.”
“I do not know you; but I saw you last night when you were going home from work, and I have been waiting some time to see you?”
“Oh, Sir, you are mistaken, it could not be me; I never saw you in my life that I know of.”
"Well, my friend,” said Mr. Kilpin, “I heard you pray last night.”
"Sir, now you are mistaken: I never prayed in my life.”
“Oh” said Mr. Kilpin; “If God had answered your prayer last night, you had not been seen here this morning. I heard you pray that God would blast your eyes and damn your soul.”
The man turned pale, and trembling said, “Oh Sir, do you call that prayer? I did, I did.”
“Well, then, my errand this morning is to request you to pray as fervently for your salvation as you have done for damnation; and may God in mercy hear your prayer."
The man from that time became an attendant on Mr. Kilpin’s ministry.
Excerpt from: The Baptist Almanac for the Year of Our Lord 1857, p. 28.
Life of Samuel Kilpin.
"I wish every Christian in the land would read Samuel Kilpin," writes a gentleman of Buffalo. "I hardly know how to except Harlan Page, when I recommend it as one of the best books to awaken Christians to duty. Do get it circulated. It ought to be read again and again by Christians, till every heart becomes imbued with his spirit of doing good. Such a practical Christian; such a devoted successful workman. How ardent, yet humble. O could we all have more of his spirit, and the spirit of our dear Saviour, how many souls might be won to him even the present year."
Review from: The Annual Report of the American Tract Society, 1837.